Tsugaru Shamisen

Also known as Tsugaru Jamisen, the Tsugaru Shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula (Aomori), and the instrument it is performed with. Imported from China via Okinawa, the Shamisen, looks like a little guitar and is widely associated with Japanese culture. Every region in Japan has developed it’s own style.

Usually appreciated during dinner with friends, we could not resist while visiting Hirosaki stopping at one of the most famous Tsugaru Shamisen in town. More precisely at the Aiya restaurant, to experience first hand this ancient musical art!

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